The School of Mines and Technology is known for teaching talented engineers and scientists, but Sunday those students were taught about community leadership.
Freshmen orientation wrapped up with the new students participating in a 'Day of Service.'
Students picked up trash and debris on campus, but they also traveled to certain areas in Rapid City to make the community a cleaner place, and say thanks to the city for being supportive of the school.
The heat didn't stop the students, who cleaned for more than three hours.
School of Mines President Heather Wilson says it's about making good leaders. "These students have gifts, and we're here to develop those gifts, but we're also here to develop those gifts so they can be used in the world," says Wilson. "And that means service, and service starts on day one."
The School of Mines and Technology partnered with United Way in Sunday's service, as an early kick–off to United Way's 'Day of Caring,' which takes place September 5.